The KISS Guide to PDM Implementation

Sooner or later, engineering and design companies realize they need to take control of their rapidly growing collection of data files. There are many solutions on the market, with varying approaches to product data management. With more than 20 years of experience, Synergis has settled on a KISS approach. Not KISS as in “keep it simple, stupid!” but as in “keep it simple for success.” Instead of creating a large proprietary database management system just for engineering, Synergis Adept offers a file-based approach that makes sense to users and administrators alike.

Once a company has decided to go with Synergis Adept, it is time to plan the implementation. Again, the motto “keep it simple for success” is the best approach. From start to finish there are straightforward ways to keep everyone affected by adoption involved, motivated, and informed. Read More

Practical PDM Destroys Hidden Monsters

Every night as a small child I made the long trek down stairs and through a section of unfinished basement to my bedroom. I never saw monsters lurking in the dark corners behind the furnace or in the storage room, but I knew they were there. Were they vampires or werewolves? Giant space aliens? The Blob? I didn’t know but I was convinced my life was in danger every night. (For some reason the morning walk upstairs was calm; I guess I believed monsters slept in the daytime.) I never told anyone I was afraid of monsters in the basement; the fear-filled tip-toe run to my room was a private matter. If only I had thought of carrying a flashlight, I could have avoided years of self-inflicted anxiety. Read More

New Survey Reveals Strong Surge of Interest in CAD Data Management

A new survey of CAD users reveals strong interest in both first-time and increased use of PDM (product data management) technology. Only 3D modeling and simulation rate higher as areas of emphasis for short-term spending.

The data comes from Business Advantage (BA), global software and IT research specialist. The results are based on interviews with 635 CAD using firms of all sizes on three continents in manufacturing, AEC, and allied disciplines. It covers 15 primary trends of interest to engineering and construction, including 3D Modeling, Building Information Modeling (BIM), Cloud Based CAD, Simulation, PDM, PLM, 3D Printing, Augmented/Virtual/Reality Computing, and more. The trends are ranked by awareness, importance, current and intended adoption to reveal their trends and growth potential, including comparison to the prior year survey results. Read More